Category: Education

Leadership as the Art of Lying

From Scott Adam’s cheeky and amusing piece recommending that you invest in companies you hate: “When companies make money, we assume they are well-managed. That perception is reinforced by the CEOs of those companies who are happy to tell you...

/ June 7, 2010

The April Recap

I just finished sending out Mere-O Monthly and thought I’d share it here. What? You haven’t signed up for it? You should.  It’s designed for casual readers of Mere-O who want only what the crowds sift through and decide they...

/ May 11, 2010

The Top Posts from March

Debilitating allergies have practically destroyed my ability to do much of anything this weekend, so reading and writing were a bit more difficult than normal. But I realized that I never let you all know which were the most popular...

/ April 11, 2010

The ‘Ten Books’ Meme Jumps the Shark

Which can only mean I’m weighing in with my own list. In case you missed it, folks have been listing the ten books that either influenced them, they liked the most, or are best in their category (like Dr. Sanders’...

/ March 23, 2010

Brief Reflections on Composition after a Lecture

There are, of course, two relevant considerations in giving a lecture:  the ideas and the form.  Each has its own difficulties, and while they are inextricably linked, the form seems to pose the greatest challenge to me.  I may be...

/ February 19, 2010

Avant Garde Education

Education without ethos is simply unsustainable given the indefatigable impulse toward rogue individualism. As was once said of conservative philosopher Russell Kirk, “if you stand still long enough, soon or later your avant garde,” so can be said of my...

/ February 15, 2010

Education for Human Flourishing: A Review

As someone who has worked briefly in Christian education, I am excited to see more attention being paid to pedagogy and its relationship to anthropology.  While Paul Spears and Steven Loomis’ Education for Human Flourishing isn’t going to be the final word...

/ January 11, 2010

Education, the Individual, and the Affections: Richard Weaver vs. C.S. Lewis

If ideas have consequences, so do the affections. I’ve been reading through Richard Weaver’s classic essay “Education and the Individual” today.  And to be honest, I was surprisingly disappointed. Weaver argues against a “progressive” view of education that thinks “adjustment to...

/ January 2, 2010

Parents and Public School: Comments on Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

I recently had the chance to read Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye for my Teach For America credentialing program at Loyola Marymount University. Reading the book in that setting prompted notice of the near absence of school in the novel....

/ October 25, 2009

Guess the Speaker: Education

I like to invent games, the more variables the better: multiple creators, absurd rules, elaborate procedures, built-in randomizers. One could accuse me of getting more excited about the invention than the actual playing—I have no problem stopping a game just...

/ September 23, 2009